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The MISTAKE.

1 A Cannon ball, one bloody day,
2 Took a poor sailor's leg away;
3 And, as on 'his comrade's back he made off,
4 A second fairly took his head off.
5 The fellow, on this odd emergence,
6 Carries him pick-back to the surgeons.
7 Z—ds! cries the Doctor, are you drunk,
8 To bring me here an headless trunk?
9 A lying dog! cries Jack, he said
10 His leg was off, and not his head.

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    Title (in Source Edition): The MISTAKE.
    Themes: illness; injury
    Genres: epigram
    References: DMI 27767

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 295. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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